With August approaching it is time to say goodbye to sunburns and get last minute color in the safest way possible. It is important to visit a dermatologist at least once a year for a full body examination to make sure that everything is in check. Dr. Lawrence Jaeger, Medical Director of Advanced Dermatology Associates in New York City, focuses on preventive actions to avoid sun damage rather than ways to get rid of sun damage.
Let’s be serious, nobody actually tries to get a sunburn. We all go into tanning with the anticipation of having a nice glow at the end of the day, but not all of our skin tones get as lucky as others. It is very important to monitor the number of sunburns that you have had and to take as many preventive measures as possible to avoid future sunburns. The more blistering, peeling and burns that you have had, the higher your chances are for skin cancer.
When it comes to sunscreen it is a must. Whether you are tan or pale, a male or a female, young or old; sunscreen is a necessity. It is important to apply anything with an SPF of 15 or above, but preferably SPF 30, every two hours. After you swim or if you are doing a sweat induced activity, it is especially important to keep reapplying. Additionally, to look for a sunscreen, which is broad spectrum meaning it prevents against both UVA and UVB rays.
Enjoy time outside this last month of the season, but take care of your skin at the same time. It’s always better to be over cautious rather than underprepared.